Monday, January 14, 2013

Dress size, diets, exercise & all that jazz

This is the time of year when millions are thinking about diets, losing weight, exercise regimens—and, oh, yes, dress size. Have you vowed that you absolutely, positively are not going to buy the next size of clothes? You are determined that you'll lose weight this time. And keep it off.

I have been there and done that so many times. Honestly, I don't even want to know how many pounds I've gained, lost, regained, and lost again through the years. I don't want to know. And I don't want to dwell on it. I have beat myself up mentally through the years because of it. I'm not going to do that anymore.

For one thing, I am not thinking about dieting any longer. Instead, I am thinking of eating in a healthy and sustainable way for the rest of my life. Several months ago I returned to Weight Watchers where I am learning to eat in a way that still allows me to have those foods (and wine) that I enjoy, with occasional special treats—and in a way that gives me more energy and makes me feel healthier. I had even been a lifetime member years ago, but I didn't see those food choices as a lifetime choice. Big mistake. Since last April I have lost the weight I wanted (even more, in fact) and I want to keep it this way. I got rid of all the clothes that were too large so going back into them wouldn't even be an option.

It doesn't have to be Weight Watchers. It can be any eating plan that encourages portion control and healthy eating—but doesn't deprive you of things you enjoy. If you feel deprived, soon enough you'll move on and leave that food plan behind. And put that lost weight (and more) back on again.

Perhaps food isn't your issue. It may be something else in your life for which you need to develop a sustainable plan that takes into account how you operate, what you like and don't like. Whatever it is, I encourage you to create a plan that works for you, not a one-size-fits-all plan. Work with what you've got and with your likes and dislikes. Be good to yourself. And believe in yourself!

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